Accredited Sponsor Status for Australian Subclass 457 Temporary Residence Visa Nominations
Effective November 7, 2011, the Department of Immigration (DIAC) announced that Employers may apply for Accredited Sponsor status to qualify for priority processing of Subclass 457 visa nominations.
Accreditation status is available for employers with a long and positive history of dealing with DIAC, and an excellent record of compliance with workplace and migration laws. The status is valid for six years, unless revoked because the employer no longer meets DIAC’s required criteria.
A company must meet all criteria as follows to gain Accredited Sponsor status:
- Be a government agency, a publicly listed company, or a private company, with a minimum annual turnover in the last three years of $4million;
- Have been an active Subclass 457 visa sponsor for the past three years, with a break of no more than six months, which was not due to any sanction;
- Have no adverse information known of it based on DIAC and DEEWR monitoring, including formal warnings and sanctions;
- Have had at least 30 primary Subclass 457 visa applications granted in the previous 12 months;
- Have lodged a high level of Decision-Ready applications over the previous two years;
- Have a non-approval rate of less than 3% during the previous three years; and
- Have Australian workers comprising at least 75% of its workforce in Australia, and have made a commitment to maintain this level